With a water-based underfloor heating system, a series of pipes connected to a boiler via a manifold circulates warm water throughout the floor to heat the space. Because the heat emitted from an underfloor system is more evenly distributed than a single radiator, the system can use water at a lower temperature. So it’s a more efficient way of heating your home.
Underfloor heating is generally associated with stone or tiled floors, but you can fit it in a carpeted room – you’ll just need to ensure that the carpet and underlay isn’t so dense that it stops the heat moving upwards (a tog of no more than 2.5 is a general rule of thumb).
Underfloor heating is a great way to keep your home warm. It’s lovely to walk on, it distributes heat evenly around each corner of the room, and it frees your walls from radiators, making more space for paintings, shelf units or even picture windows – or allowing you to create a minimalist look if you wish.
A series of pipes linked to your boiler that pump hot water around under the floor.
It is not suitable for DIY, you will need an expert to install the system.
If there is not enough room below your floors you may need to raise floor levels.
It is more efficient than radiators as the water doesn’t need to get as hot.